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in a nutshell Informal

Meaning: You can say "in a nutshell" if you're about to describe something as briefly as possible, or you're going to sum something up.

For example:

  • It's a very complex situation, but the problem is, in a nutshell, a lack of sales.

  • The president's in trouble and the reason, in a nutshell, is that people no longer trust him.

Quick Quiz:

I'll give you the story in a nutshell because
  1. you need to know everything
  2. we don't have much time
  3. it'll make it more interesting

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